WWR: Recommitting in 2013 and New Diet Recommendations for PLHIV

This week, we’re learning more about how an EGPAF Ambassador is refocusing in the new year, thinking about mother-to-child transmission in South Africa, and reading about how diet and nutrition can help slow down the progression of HIV.

EGPAF – “Recommitment for a New Year” EGPAF Ambassador Jamie Gentille has become a champion for children and young people living with HIV. Now, she writes about how she wants people to work together towards an “AIDS-free generation” in 2013.

Jamaica Observer – “More South African pregnant women contracting HIV” A new study indicates that the rates of pregnant women living with HIV are rising in South Africa, a country which has been hit hard by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.  The article notes that the government is responding by promoting awareness campaigns and antenatal testing.

EGPAF – “Frontline Health Care on the Hill” Earlier this month, EGPAF joined forces with Save the Children and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition to hold a briefing on the hill on how frontline health care workers are essential to fulfilling the recently announced PEPFAR “Blueprint” and creating a generation free of HIV/AIDS.

AIDSmap – “Diet quality predicts HIV progression and death in resource-poor settings” A new study indicates that maintaining a healthy, diverse diet before beginning treatment for HIV can delay the progression of HIV/AIDS and reduce the mortality of the disease. The research showed that each addition of a nutrient-rich food group was linked to a 16% reduction in the likelihood of having a low CD4 count, the standard means of determining whether HIV has developed into full-blown AIDS.

Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for EGPAF, and is based in Washington, D.C.